Gary Hodges, Mitzi Nicoletti and Sean McCoy certified to run for vacant Longmont City Council seat

Political newcomers Gary Hodges and Mitzi Nicoletti along with former Longmont Councilman Sean McCoy filed for the currently vacant Longmont City Council seat in November.

Candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to submit their nominations, which had to be signed by at least 50 registered voters in Longmont.

Hodges, who is a senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said straying at Longmont was one of the main reasons that pushed him to run for the Council.

“The permissive street life that our city has fostered has very real negative impacts on our businesses, the lifeblood of Longmont, and on the residents themselves,” Hodges said in an email late Monday. “Decisions that were likely made in the name of compassion turned into abject cruelty for all affected. We need to consider different approaches that will seem harsh at first glance, but will end up being perceived as true compassion.

Gary Hodges (Photo provided by Gary Hodges)

Longmont Mayor Joan Peck previously filled the vacant City Council seat and whoever wins the election will complete what would have been the remainder of their term until November 2023.

Peck left the seat last November after winning the city’s mayoral race.

Nicoletti, whom Peck endorsed, was not immediately available for comment Monday evening, but had previously told the Times-Call that tackling local climate change and securing more affordable housing were his top priorities.

“I’ve been very supportive of our air quality monitoring system because what we put into the air definitely affects the climate and the environment,” said Nicoletti, who has lived in Longmont for 20 years, plus early this month.

“Honestly, the cost of housing, in general, not just here but in other parts of the country, I think it’s become difficult for all income levels,” Nicoletti also said at the time.

Mitzi Nicoletti (Photo by Dana Kern)
Mitzi Nicoletti (Photo by Dana Kern)

Currently a teacher at Monarch High School in Louisville, McCoy previously served on city council from 2007 to 2011 as a Ward 3 representative and ran for a seat at large last year, but was unsuccessful.

For McCoy, tackling the rising cost of housing as well would be a top priority.

“There are a lot of people, just like me, who want to make sure their kids have the opportunity to own,” McCoy said by phone Monday. “We don’t want to be like a Vail or an Aspen where no one can afford to live where they work and people are put in dorms…The quality of life just isn’t there.”

Candidate for Longmont City Council Sean McCoy
Longmont City Council candidate Sean McCoy

The special election for the at-large city council seat will take place Nov. 8, and Longmont Town Clerk Dawn Quintana said her office checked the signatures of the three candidates as of 4:52 p.m. Monday.

Registered candidates still have until Sept. 6 to deliver their affidavits to the city clerk’s office if they also wish to run for the seat.

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